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« : April 05, 2012, 02:17:19 PM »

APRIL 05, 2012


Bears free agent DT Amobi Okoye on the Bucs' radar





Given the Bucs’ investment in defensive tackle the past few seasons, the position was expected to have been among the team’s strengths by now.
 
But injuries to Gerald McCoy and Brian Price the past two seasons have, at times, reduced the interior of the defensive line to a weakness, resulting in the desperate signings of Albert Haynesworth, John McCargo and others.
 
But the Bucs have a chance to avoid this problem by augmenting the depth – and thereby increasing the competition – at defensive tackle.
 
One option: Bears free agent tackle Amobi Okoye, a former first-round pick of the Texans who has started 59 games in his five season and had four sacks in 2011 – including one against Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.
 
We’ve learned the Bucs are interested in signing Okoye, interest that is said to be mutual. But Okoye has other suitors, too, including the Broncos, Bengals and Bears. It does not seem a resolution is imminent, though that could change quickly.
 
A return to the Bears seems less likely if you believe Chicago general manager Phil Emery, who was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying, “Right now, Amobi is trying to decide which direction he is going. We've had conversations with him. So far, we have not been able to work out a deal. Amobi is probably going in a different direction.”
 
Okoye, if acquired by the Bucs, would fit nicely in a three-man rotation at defensive tackle. He would provide an upgrade over the current third tackle, Roy Miller, and would take some of the load off of Price, who struggled in 2011 to fight through his ongoing pelvic and hamstring issues.
 
Another reason Okoye is appealing: The native Nigerian is just 24, but has a full five seasons of NFL experience. He’s considered a disruptive force who gets off the line of scrimmage with quickness, providing an interior pass rush.
 
Currently, the Bucs have five defensive tackles on their 80-man offseason roster: McCoy, Price, Miller, McCargo and Frank Okam.
 
General manager Mark Dominik has repeatedly responded to queries about additional free-agent signings by saying the team is focused squarely on the draft. But Dominik did not rule out further roster moves between now and the draft, either.
 
Okoye played under a 1-year contract for $1.382 million last season. His current contract demands are unknown.
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Posted by Stephen Holder at 2:07:24 pm on April 05, 2012

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« #1 : April 05, 2012, 02:25:59 PM »

He may be looking for much more than that 1.3 he was making.  Could be looking for a mega deal.  Last I heard we had 15mil in cap and still have to sign the rooks.


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« #2 : April 05, 2012, 02:31:12 PM »

He may be looking for much more than that 1.3 he was making.  Could be looking for a mega deal.  Last I heard we had 15mil in cap and still have to sign the rooks.

Don't know if he'll get a mega-deal, but I'll be he'll make more per year than Lofton did ;)

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« #3 : April 05, 2012, 02:33:16 PM »

What's a middle of the road deal for a guy like this?


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« #4 : April 05, 2012, 02:35:11 PM »

I say give him a deal with incentives. If McCoy and Price go down again this guy will be the starter. Hate to say it but based on their past thats likley. Hopefully not. Knock on wood. If Im the Bucs I offer this kid a raise on last year with another raise if he ends up being the starter.

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« #5 : April 05, 2012, 02:37:32 PM »

He may be looking for much more than that 1.3 he was making.  Could be looking for a mega deal.  Last I heard we had 15mil in cap and still have to sign the rooks.
I doubt a rotational DT is looking for anything close to a 'mega deal.'


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« #6 : April 05, 2012, 02:39:11 PM »

I would think he'd think  (weird sentence)  that the Bucs would be a good opportunity for him...

Any relationships to our current coaching staff?

4 year $10m with playing incentives?    Is that too rich?

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« #7 : April 05, 2012, 02:47:08 PM »

I would think he'd think  (weird sentence)  that the Bucs would be a good opportunity for him...

Any relationships to our current coaching staff?

4 year $10m with playing incentives?    Is that too rich?

I think so too. Coaches that are good with young kids and good teachers. Would be an excellent fit for him.

I dont think thats too much. Will be interesting to see what he goes for.

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« #8 : April 05, 2012, 02:51:15 PM »

He may be looking for much more than that 1.3 he was making.  Could be looking for a mega deal.  Last I heard we had 15mil in cap and still have to sign the rooks.
I doubt a rotational DT is looking for anything close to a 'mega deal.'



Thats what we see in him.....what he thinks could be totally different.  If he saw himself as just a rotational DT, he probably would of re-signed with Da Bears already.


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« #9 : April 05, 2012, 02:52:36 PM »

with Miller being one of the worst DT's in the league statiscally... (according to the other thread)...   Akoye might be a quick win.

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« #10 : April 05, 2012, 02:54:08 PM »

I think he's a guy we can sign post-draft when we know what holes still need to be filled.


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« #11 : April 05, 2012, 02:55:17 PM »

Post draft - I would think his price would actually go up...    to teams who didn't get their guy...

never know how these things play out...

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« #12 : April 05, 2012, 02:57:34 PM »

Just reading between the lines.....if 5 teams are in the mix and he hasn't signed anywhere yet, that leads me to believe its all about the  $$$$.


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« #13 : April 05, 2012, 03:03:30 PM »

I would be fine with signing him for a $10-12 mil overall deal. He would be a huge upgrade from Roy "Boitano" Miller.


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« #14 : April 05, 2012, 03:08:06 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amobi_Okoye

in 07 he signed a 6 yr $15m deal with Texans, but was released in July 2011 and lost $2.95m + in salary. (only paid $12m for four years.)

He made $1.38m in 11 from the Bears on a one year deal.

I'd say at this point - it probably is about money (and IMO rightfully so.)


 


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